Pigment production by group B streptococci (GBS) is a useful test for identification of the organisms. The test is positive in 99.5% of beta-haemolytic strains. No false-positives are noted. Non-haemolytic strains do not produce pigment. Islam's media less agar can be used as a one-step broth detector of GBS in mixed cultures. This may have application for the detection of GBS in women in labour. When used as an identification system for GBS, serum-starch broth can be further modified by reduction of serum and starch concentrations by at least 80%.
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